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Traditional Rhythms from Guinee, Vol 1 – DVD – Bangourake


Traditional Rhythms from Guinee, Vol 1 – DVD – Bangourake

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Traditional Rhythms from Guinee, Vol 1 DVD by Bangourake
“He is described in Guinea as the man with “Hands of Fire”, “the Lion of Matam”, already regarded by many connoisseurs as one of the best amongst the Master Drummers of this world. His life totally dedicated to the music and his traditions, mesmerizing audiences with his out of this world skills, talent, power and virtuosity. Bangouraké is a true master through initiation and ability.” 

Mohamed was born in Guinea, West Africa in a village called Bourramya-Koubya. This village is a few hours north of the capital, Conakry. Mohamed stated to play at the age of 5 years old and has always been surrounded by music throughout his life. Mohamed was a member of the international acclaimed “Percussion de Guinee” and other National Ballet Ensembles based in Conakry. Since Mohamed was born, he has been known as Bangourake’, which means “Bangoura Man”. In Guinea he is known by this name. Bangourake’ was born in a Griot Family. It is Griot tradition to carry the African traditional culture through music and song and to pass on the stories of Africa. Playing music, singing and dancing is part of Griot life. Bangourake’ is proud of his heritage and his responsibilities as a Griot. He hopes to carry his tradition and music through his life and share it with people all around the world. Bangourake’ currently resides in Australia where he is constantly sharing his tradition through classes, workshops and performances.

Artists: Mohamed Bangoura “Bangouraké” Sibo Bangoura Momae Bangoura Pepe Kondé Ibrahima Sory Sylla Sekou Camara
Rhythms: 1. Liberté (Rhythm to celebrate the Independence) 2. Tiriba (Boké and Boffa region from Guineé) 3. Sinté (Sousou) 4. Donsou (Faranah region – Malinke) 5. Sillamallon (Sousou) 6. Moribayassa (Malinke) 7. Guineé Faré (Women dance – Sousou)


We are extremely excited to be carrying this dvd and supporting the latest efforts of drumming phenom Mohamed Bangoura! These days there are many West African instructional dvds being produced, however this may be the best one available for starting a beginning drummer on the traditional path of West African studies while simultaneously offering information to challenge advanced players.

Showcased in this dvd is Bangourake’s exceptionally clear teaching style. Especially notable is the way in which he breaks down the proper technique for playing a clean bass, tone and slap. He then goes on to explain the rhythms in a way in which any player can grasp, originally playing them at a slow pace and repeatedly marking the time so that each accompanying part can be easily distinguished.  Beginners will appreciate learning commonly played rhythms such as Moribayassa, Sinte’, Tiriba and Guinee Fare’ while advanced players will be able to dig deeper into lesser know gems such as Donsou, Sillamallon and Liberte’.

This exceptional instructional tool was shot in Guinea offering clips of ballet performances and insightful looks at life in West Africa. From start to finish this dvd exemplifies the traditional way in which the djembe was intended to be used.

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